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Doctor of Business Administration, D.B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration at Swiss Business School (SBS) may be completed in a minimum of three years. The coursework component takes place during the first year. Courses are conducted in the classroom in an intensive workshop model with face-to-face seminars.

All courses are assessed by written assignments. The transition from coursework phase to the research phase is by the candidate completing the set of assessed Research Proposals. On satisfactory completion of the coursework candidates enter the research phase where they undertake individual, supervised research projects.

The output of each research project is a research paper of publishable style and quality. The dissertation is submitted for external examination. Consequently there will be scope for requisite specialization within a general organizational and management framework. 

Graduates from the program are expected to make a key contribution to practice, so program work will relate to leadership, change and process management as well as research methodologies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    September and January intakes 

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Part-time variant
      Weekend
    • Duration description

      The sessions are offered over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 – 18:00) to accommodate working professionals.

      The program can be completed in a minimum period of time of 3 years and maximum over 6 years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Management Research Perspectives
  • Information Technologies for Business Research
  • Global Environments and Management Trends
  • Critical Analysis of Research
  • Contemporary Management
  • Research Methods in Business & Management
  • Management Research Design and Methodologies

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • GRE Minimum total score approx. 310

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the DBA program shall normally hold

  • An MBA degree, or equivalent, from an approved University or equivalent;
  • Where other Masters degree level qualifications are held, applicants may be asked to complete a prescribed bridging program (normally designated courses from an MBA program)
  • Substantial (not less than five years) experience at executive/management level.
  • All DBA candidates must be able to demonstrate from their education and/or professional performance their potential to undertake research at a doctoral level. They should be able to show success in their career to date and document how the DBA program fits into their personal or career plans for the future.

Work Experience

At least 10 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

Application fee (non-refundable): CHF 150.-

Sem. 1: CHF 10’000.-

Sem. 2: CHF 10’000.-

Sem. 3: CHF 10’000.-

Sem. 4: CHF 5’000.-

Sem. 5: CHF 5’000.-

Living costs for Kloten

  • 1540 - 2130 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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